National Register of Citizens

31/12/2017 | Geography | Human Aspects

The Assam government has released the first draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) which declared 1.9 crore people of total 3.29 crore applicant ...

Arunachal declared open defecation-free State

31/12/2017 | Social Issues | Sanitation

Arunachal Pradesh has emerged as the second State in the Northeast, after Sikkim, to be declared Open Defecation Free. Arunachal has 21 districts and ...

Protection of Majuli Island

30/12/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation laid the foundation stone for a new scheme for protection of Majuli Island ...

Regional Project to Tackle Stubble Burning

30/12/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

In a significant step to combat climate change, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has approved a regional project on ‘Climate Res ...

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

30/12/2017 | Punjab | Polity

The Punjab government has decided to implement the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, under which a financial assistance of Rs 5,000 would be given ...

Bhavantar Bharpai scheme

30/12/2017 | Haryana | Social Issues

Haryana will become the first state in the country to provide “secured price” of vegetable crops to its farmers. Under a scheme “Bhavantar Bharpai (Pr ...

FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) II

29/12/2017 | Geography | Transport

The Centre is targeting a fully electric fleet for country’s public transport, including buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws under the second phase of FAM ...

India’s first pod taxi network

29/12/2017 | Geography | Transport

Indian government is all set to begin work on India's first pod taxi service in Gurgaon by this month-end. The first phase will include a pilot projec ...

BND-4201

28/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial Markets

India’s first home-grown high purity gold reference standard – the Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya (BND-4201) – was launched. India now has its own standar ...

The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017

28/12/2017 | Geography | Resources

The Parliament has passed The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Bill, 2017 after it was adopted by Rajya Sabha. Main highlights of the b ...

Gharials reintroduced in Harike sanctuary

27/12/2017 | Punjab | Environment

The state government has released 10 ‘gharials’ in the Beas river at the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary in Gagrewal village near Raiya. In 2005, the Punjab ...

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)

27/12/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Central Pollution Control Board is planning to use advanced LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) devices to vertically monitor the air quality of D ...

UN imposes new sanctions on North Korea

27/12/2017 | International Affairs | United Nations

The Central Pollution Control Board is planning to use advanced LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) devices to vertically monitor the air quality of D ...

Punjab govt offers job generation subsidy

27/12/2017 | Punjab | Economy

The state government is offering an employment generation subsidy of Rs 30,000 each per year for five years to employees trained and certified by the ...

India pledges $25 million for Myanmar's Rakhine to help refugees return

26/12/2017 | India and the world | Indo Myanmar

India will provide Myanmar with $25 million for development projects including prefabricated houses in troubled Rakhine state to enable the return of ...

The Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017

26/12/2017 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights

The Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017 has been introduced in the Parliament as a private member’s bill. Highlights of the Bill: The proposed standalone ...

National Service Scheme

24/12/2017 | Social Issues | Education

The President Shri Ram Nath Kovind recently presented the National Service Scheme Awards 2016-17. The objective of NSS Awards is to recognize and rewa ...

SAMEEP and SCBTS Scheme

24/12/2017 | Government Policy and programmes | Others

SAMEEP Scheme SAMEEP stands for Students and Ministry of External Affairs Students Exchange Program. The program was launched by Ministry of external ...

The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill of 2017

23/12/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections

The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill of 2017 has been introduced by the government in the Parliament. Highlights of the Bill: The Bill se ...

National Highways Investment Promotion Cell (NHIPC)

23/12/2017 | Geography | Transport

The National Highways Authority of India has created a National Highways Investment Promotion Cell (NHIPC) for attracting domestic and foreign investm ...

DARPAN (Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India)

23/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial Inclusion

Ministry of Communications has launched DARPAN – “Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India” Project to improve the quality of service, ...

HC strikes down HP Town and Country Planning Regularisation Amendment Act, 2016

23/12/2017 | Geography | Urbanisation

In a major embarrassment to the state government, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has struck down the HP Town and Country Planning Regularisation Amen ...

BBIN motor pact

22/12/2017 | India and the world | Regional Groupings

India is planning to operationalise BBIN motor vehicle agreement (MVA) with Bangladesh and Nepal for seamless movement of passenger and cargo vehicles ...

UPCOCA bill

22/12/2017 | Indian Polity | State Legislature

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved a bill for a new tough law -- UPCOCA (Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act) -- to deal with the mafia, ...

Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017

21/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017, has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. The Bill will allow it to notify a higher period of maternity le ...

The International Migration Report 2017

21/12/2017 | Geography | Human Aspects

The international migration report is released by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Highlights of the report: There are now an ...

Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme

21/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | Growth and development

The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the existing Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme with funding pattern of 90:10 ti ...

Punjab Transparency and Accountability in Delivery of Public Services Ordinance, 2017

20/12/2017 | Punjab | Governance

In a step towards winding up the Right to Service (RTS) Commission, set up by the previous SAD-BJP government, the Cabinet has gave its nod to the Pun ...

Ferozepur first district to start e-waste project

20/12/2017 | Punjab | Governance

Ferozepur has become the first district in the Punjab state to start an “e-waste” management project. The administration has set up collection points ...

Punjab cabinet approves creation of directorate of environment and climate change

20/12/2017 | Punjab | Environment

In order to effectively check the menace of pollution, including that resulting from stubble burning, the Punjab cabinet has approved the creation of ...

North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme(NESIDS)

20/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

The Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of new Central Sector Scheme of “North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme” (NESIDS) from 2 ...

National Medical Commission Bill

20/12/2017 | Social Issues | Health

The Union Cabinet has cleared the National Medical Commission Bill. Key features of the Bill: The bill provides for the constitution of four autonomou ...

Inefficient power units at Bathinda, Ropar plants to be shut

20/12/2017 | Punjab | Economy

The Punjab Cabinet has given its go-ahead to the closure of the inefficient power units in Bathinda and Ropar with effect from January 1 without any j ...

NHAI incentivises its officials for timely implementation of Bharatmala

19/12/2017 | Geography | Transport

In order to expedite implementation of the Bharatmala Pariyojna, the project launched by the Government of India with prime focus on optimizing effici ...

Union Cabinet approved a Bill on instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat

19/12/2017 | Social Issues | religion

The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared a bill that criminalises the Islamic practice of instant triple talaq, ahead of it being taken up in the Winter Se ...

Mobile methanol vans

19/12/2017 | Haryana | Environment

The NITI Aayog has proposed a plan to address the issues of stubble burning and energy requirement of farmers of Haryana and Punjab. It has suggested ...

Exercise ‘Ekuverin’

18/12/2017 | Science Affairs | Defence

Exercise Ekuverin, the joint military exercise of the Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Force commenced at the Maratha Centre in Belagavi. The ...

National Ayush Mission (NAM)

18/12/2017 | Social Issues | Health

The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM) from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2020 with an ou ...

11th World Trade Organization conference

18/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

The eleventh ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended in a stalemate, without any ministerial declaration as the US reneged ...

UN report on electronic/electrical waste in India

17/12/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

The UN has warned about the health and environmental dangers from the processing of e-waste -- the discarded electronic and electrical material -- by ...

Sakhi One Stop Centres

17/12/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

National Workshop on Role of Sakhi One Stop Centres (OSCs) in Strengthening Multi Sectoral Response to Violence is was held in New Delhi. About the Sa ...

Sri Lanka formally hands over Hambantota port to China

16/12/2017 | International Affairs | countries

Sri Lanka has formally handed over the southern sea port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease. Two Chinese firms, namely Hambantota International ...

VoLTE services

16/12/2017 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

Telecom major Bharti Airtel, as part of expanding its services, has launched Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) facility. Airtel VoLTE works over ...

Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade

15/12/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

World Trade Organization, WTO members and observers have endorsed a collective initiative to increase the participation of women in trade. In order to ...

SC leaves it to government to regulate ads on pre-natal sex tests

15/12/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

Supreme Court has left the decision to regulate advertisement on pre-natal sex tests to the government to take care of such issues in consultation wit ...

First bag-less school of HP

14/12/2017 | Social Issues | Education

The Government Central Primary School at Kothi near Reckong Peo, the district headquarters, has taken the lead in becoming the first “bag-less school” ...

India Signs Loan Agreement with World Bank for SANKALP Project

14/12/2017 | Social Issues | Skill Development

A Financing Agreement for IBRD loan of USD 250 million for the “Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) Project” ...

Speedtest Global Index, 2017

14/12/2017 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

The popular internet speed testing service Ookla has released its November edition of the Speedtest Global Index, ranking average internet speeds in d ...

International Solar Alliance to Offer $1 Billion Guarantee

13/12/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

Inter-governmental agency International Solar Alliance (ISA) will create a risk mitigation fund of $1 billion with the help of the Indian, French gove ...

ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit (AICS)

13/12/2017 | India and the world | Regional Groupings

The ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) held in New Delhi from December 11-12. The theme of the meeting is ‘Powering Digital and Physical Linkages ...

Rajasthan government to recognise political prisoners as ‘Loktantra Sainani’

13/12/2017 | Rajasthan | Polity

The state government of Rajasthan has decided to recognise political prisoners held in jails during the emergency period as ‘Loktantra Sainani’. The s ...

Laqshya: Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative

12/12/2017 | Social Issues | Health

LaQshya: Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative, a Safe Delivery Mobile Application for health workers who manage normal and complicated deliverie ...

Supreme Court agrees to examine plea to bar politicians from contesting from two seats

12/12/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections

The Supreme Court agreed to adjudicate on whether politicians could be barred from contesting from more than one seat in an election and sought assist ...

MSME Sambandh

11/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

A Public Procurement Portal ‘MSME Sambandh’ was launched by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME. The objective of the portal is to monitor ...

Trachoma cases in Punjab

11/12/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

Punjab has reported the second highest burden of trachoma sequelae, also called trachomatous trichiasis. Punjab’s district under study, Hoshiarpur, re ...

Bodhi Parva

11/12/2017 | India and the world | Regional Groupings

‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ was held in New Delhi. The Festival had diverse components including an exhibition ofinternationa ...

Benami Act

10/12/2017 | Social Issues | Corruption

The Income-Tax Department is scrutinizing all unexplained credits and investments in personal as well as corporate income-tax filings and is looking t ...

Adultery laws in India

10/12/2017 | Social Issues | Features of Indian Society

Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre on a public interest litigation challenging the constitutionality of IPC section 497 dealing with adul ...

Wassenaar Arrangement

9/12/2017 | Security Issues | External Security

Elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) has decided to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhi’s stature in ...

UNESCO declares Kumbh Mela as India’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

9/12/2017 | Culture of India | Festivals

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO has inscribed ´KumbhMela´ on the Representative ...

UNICEF report on air pollution

8/12/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The UNICEF has released the report on air pollution titled- ‘Danger in the air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children’. The ...

US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

8/12/2017 | International Affairs | countries

United States has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has directed the State Department to initiate the process of moving the ...

Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership

8/12/2017 | India and the world | International Institutions

Russia has come out strongly in support of India for its NSG membership by saying that India’s application cannot be “interlinked” with that of Pakist ...

Supreme Court judgment on Child repatriation

7/12/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

A Supreme Court judgement on Child repatriation has given courts in India unlimited discretion to determine which parent should have the custody of mi ...

Minority tag for Hindus?

7/12/2017 | Indian Polity | Constitutional Bodies

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has formed a three-member committee to look into whether Hindus should get minority status in eight state ...

CITES' certificate to India for efforts in combating illegal

6/12/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

India has been awarded a certificate of commendation for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade by CITES, a multilateral treaty to protect endang ...

Supreme Court to hear appeals in Ayodhya matter

6/12/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

The Supreme Court decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi- ...

Transgender Persons Bill, 2016

5/12/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

India's transgender community — which numbers 4.8 million according to data from the latest round of the census — is against the transgender person bi ...

National Nutrition Mission

5/12/2017 | Social Issues | Health

Union cabinet has approved setting up of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) with a three year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18. Featur ...

Punjab gets India’s maiden innovation support centre

5/12/2017 | Punjab | Science

India’s first Technology & Innovation Support Centre (TISC) has been set up at Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST). It has been se ...

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)

4/12/2017 | Geography | Transport

An indo-Spanish technical cooperation agreement was signed on RRTS project, which will enable availability of technical advice on specific issues, bes ...

Hornbill Festival

4/12/2017 | Culture of India | Festivals

Hornbill Festival was celebrated on the State Formation Day of Nagaland on December 1. The Hornbill Festival is the perfect showcase of rich Naga cult ...

Clean Sea-2017

4/12/2017 | Geography | Disasters

The Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise titled ‘Clean Sea – 2017’, was recently conducted at sea off Port Blair. The objective of th ...

Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital

3/12/2017 | Social Issues | Health

NITI Aayog’s prescription for the State — to bring private sector players in a big way into the functioning of public hospitals in districts — has bee ...

Narcotics Control Bureau

3/12/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

A Joint Action Plan was recently signed between the Narcotics Control Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Interior of the Ru ...

Report on suicide rate in Punjab

3/12/2017 | Punjab | Social Issues

The state government had commissioned a survey on suicides by farmers and agricultural labourers to Punjabi University, Guru Nanak Dev University and ...

Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium

2/12/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

The Government established Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) as a Society in 1994 to facilitate agri-business ventures by catalyzing priv ...

G 20 Sherpa

2/12/2017 | India and the world | International Institutions

Shri Shaktikanta Das, Former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, has been appointed as India’s G 20 Sherpa till December 31, 2018 for the Devel ...

Cyclone Ockhi

2/12/2017 | Geography | Climate

According to a warning issued by IMD and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), the severe cyclonic storm, centred over Laksh ...

Bill on quota in private sector in RS

1/12/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

A private member’s resolution on job reservations for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes in the private sector is l ...

UN Convention against Torture

1/12/2017 | International Affairs | United Nations

The Supreme Court recently disposed of a PIL seeking to put in place a statutory framework to curb torture and custodial violence as it said that it c ...

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